Consultation on Conversion to Academy Status

Dear Parents and Carers,

In the Autumn of 2010, the Department for Education (DfE) offered a range of schools the opportunity to join the new Academies Programme. The Academies Programme continues to grow and the Government is still encouraging schools to consider this opportunity believing that becoming an Academy gives schools new freedoms, greater flexibilities and more control over their finances so that they can continue to drive up standards.

A key focus of the LGB’s remit is to consider how best the school can be run in the future and to that end the Governing Body of Bank End and I have been researching to assess whether becoming an Academy would bring more opportunities for our children and further improve our school.

Having carefully considered the issues, the Governors are in no doubt that becoming an Academy at this time will be in the best interests of our pupils, staff and the local school community. At the Full Governing Body Meeting on the 16th June 2016, the Governing Body voted unanimously to explore this opportunity and apply to the Secretary of State for Education for an Academy Order to allow us to further progress in our aims to become an Academy.

In addition, we believe that the benefits of such a move may be enhanced if we did not try to do this alone but seek to join a group with the experience and resource to help us to continue to thrive. We are recommending that Bank End should convert to academy status and became part of the family of academies sponsored by ‘United Learning’.

United Learning is a national group of academies and independent schools.  Its ethos is to bring out “the best in everyone” – pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.

The trust has managed schools in Yorkshire for nearly ten years; the nearby Barnsley Academy is part of the group along with Sheffield Springs and Sheffield Park, two secondary academies in Sheffield. Reassuringly for the LGB, United Learning currently has 18 academies with primary provision – including High Hazels Academy in Sheffield – with more joining over the next two years.

Over this coming half term we will be conducting a consultation into this proposal which will give you more information about how it would work and give you the opportunity to meet representatives of United Learning.

We have therefore arranged a meeting for parents of children at the school to be held at Bank End which I hope you will take the opportunity to attend. We will be joined by Ann Debono, United Learning’s Head of Primary School Improvement and an experienced Headteacher, who will talk more about the proposal and be very happy to answer any questions.

The meeting will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday 19th January at Bank End in the main school hall.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the meetings.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and/or have comments that you wish to submit as part of the consultation, we would be delighted to hear from you. We would be grateful if any thoughts or feedback could be sent to the LGB via the email address by the end of Monday 6th February 2017.

As you know Bank End share our Executive Headteacher, Nic Thorpe, with nearby Hunningley Primary School. Accordingly, the LGB at Hunningley Primary School has also decided to explore academisation with United Learning. The LGB at Hunningley will be holding similar meetings for parents and community members later in the afternoon on 19th January. If you are unable to attend the meeting at Bank End, the LGB at Hunningley would be more than happy for you to attend one of those meetings. Please ask for details from the reception staff at Bank End if you would like to attend one of the timeslots at Hunningley.

May I, on behalf of the LGB, wish you a very happy and successful half term.

Yours sincerely,

Janine Stevens

Chair, Bank End Local Governing Body


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Newsletter January 2017


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Robinwood – Kit List

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Click the llink below or any image to see a printable equipment list and advice for the upcoming Robinwood visit.


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Inclement Weather Update

Dear Parents/Carers

The winter is fast approaching and hopefully we will have an easy journey through the bad weather. However, it is important that we share with you our procedures for school closure should the weather become too bad. Throughout the winter we will endeavour to open school every day to make sure that children and their learning come first.  However, if the Schools Leadership feels that the weather would put children and adults at risk, we will close the school to ensure their safety.

There are 5 ways that we will inform you of our decision:

  1. We will send a text through schoolcomms so please make sure we have your most up to date number, (sometimes when the service is busy it can take a while for the messages to be arrive on your phone)
  2. Listen to Dearne FM 102 and 97.1 or check their website 
  3. Check our School Facebook page
  4. Check the post-it note facility on our School Website
  5. Update information on the Barnsley website 

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 09.46.13If it does snow but we feel that it is still safe to be open, please send your chid(ren) in suitable clothing so that they can get outside to play during the day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards

Donna Barker
Head of School  

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The 3 Little Pigs

This week in Early years we have looked closely at the story of The 3 Little Pigs. We have read the story and are beginning to look closely at the characters. We had chance to act out the storyline in the different areas of provision. Children showed enjoyment through the indoor and outdoors opportunities available, sharing resources, learning new skills and using their creativity and imagination.
The children have also enjoyed practicing their movement skills in the hall, leading their learning by moving in different ways, firstly they chose their favourite animal, which included animals from our story of the week. Children then showed me different ways of moving from their own ideas, such as rolling, crawling and jumping on one leg! Afterwards we all had a practice with our forward rolls, which was lots of fun.

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This week in maths…

We have been consolidating our number recognition and counting objects to ten. We used a range of resources to put this into practice. The children enjoyed using the cheerios, particularly when they could eat them at the end.
In our phonics sessions this week we have moved onto digraphs; two letters; one sound. We looked at ch, sh, th and ng. We used a range of activities to put it into practice, then applied it by writing the digraph; concentrating on the correct letter formation. We then segmented the sounds in words containing the digraph to write on our white boards.

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Investigating Materials

As part of our science work on materials we have been thinking about why certain materials are used to make different objects. We have discussed the properties of different materials are why they are suitable for the job. We had some funny combinations on our spinners for example a metal jumper and the children could explain why this was unsuitable using the properties of metal.

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Your help needed

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had a few cases of Head Lice reported in school recently. I would therefore ask that you check your child’s hair carefully for evidence of eggs or actual head lice. Further advice is available from your doctor who can prescribe lotion after an examination of your child’s hair. Local pharmacists will also support with free treatment and lotion. I must add that it is vitally important that all the family is treated at the same time if Head Lice is present.

You may need to take no further action at all, but regular combing and examination of your child’s hair is recommended.

Please read the information on the back of this letter for tips and further information. Should you require any further advice or support please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mrs Phillip here at school.

Thank you for your co-operation as I can assure you that we are just as anxious as you to eradicate this problem.

Kind Regards

Miss D Barker
Head of School

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Year 5 have been researching facts and information about the planets of the Solar System this week in accordance with their new Creative Curriculum and Science topics. Today, the children were using Top Trumps to gather fascinating facts such as the time it takes Neptune to orbit the Sun, the diameter of Saturn, the year the planet was discovered and the distance that Jupiter is from the Sun in millions of kilometres! Lots of huge numbers and details were found and the children are looking forward to other exciting facts and activities in the future. Did you know that Pluto is in fact a dwarf planet?

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Our Five Senses

In science we have continued our learning about the body by exploring the five senses. We went on a sensory walk outdoors to develop deeper understanding of sight, hearing and touch. Indoors we used healthy foods to learn about sight, touch, smell and taste. In maths this week we have been focusing our learning on numbers up to 40. We have been reading, counting and making numbers using base ten. We practised counting in tens to support more effective use of the base ten equipment. This week also saw the launch of our curriculum topic ‘Poles Apart’. We received a challenge from Uncle Victor asking us to look after his penguin. We have started by learning about the seven continents of the world in order to understand where penguins might live.

Finally, we would like to celebrate some fantastic reading champions this week. They have been working super hard over the holidays to achieve their next reading certificates.

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We have been learning about a balanced diet…

…and as a class the children’s task was to produce a balanced and healthy lunch. They chose what to add and made sure they had a combination of carbohydrates, protein, fruit and vegetables and fats. Afterwards the children enjoyed eating their lunch.

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Robinwood Adventures

To start the spring term, Year 6 enjoyed a residential visit to Robinwood. They absolutely LOVED their time there and I can honestly say that I have never felt as proud of your children. They were amazing! All children joined in with everything and pushed themselves to the limit in every activity. They worked as a team, encouraged one another, and made some fantastic achievements over the three days. It was a pleasure to spend this time with the children and the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 


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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

This week we have started our new science topic ‘Animals including humans’. We have kicked off the topic looking at the human body and over the next few weeks will learn about different animals. We began by singing the well known song ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ and then worked with our shoulder partners to name lots of other parts of the body. We then applied this knowledge by matching labels to the body.

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Good start to 2017

The children in Year 2 have settled back into school really well after the holidays. They have been trying really hard to follow our new Golden Rules. They have been working and playing well together, striving to be excellent in all that they do and trying to join in with all of our learning. With this attitude I am sure we will have another great term in Year 2.

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New year

What a fantastic start we have had in Nursery, children have returned and positively took part in discussions around their own Christmas experiences, it was lovely to hear everyone’s stories. They have loved the changes they’ve identified around Nursery and explored further. The existing Nursery children have welcomed our new starters with open arms and the new children have fitted in so well to our Early Years unit.

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In Reception …

…we have been practising really hard for our part in the Christmas concert ‘baa baa Bethlehem’ and this week we finally got to share it with our families. The children did a fantastic job and were the cutest stars and angels I have ever seen. 
We have also been getting really excited for Christmas and have been doing lots of Christmas crafts throughout the week.
To finish the week we had more children achieving their reading certificates with two more golds, well done and thank you for your continued support with reading.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year. 
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